Does being a parent make you a better teacher?

•March 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

About Teaching

Just over a week ago, Teacher and Blogger Craig Kemp wrote a heartfelt post on his blog titled ‘Being a Dad makes me a better educator‘. It’s a lovely piece which has clearly resonated with many people. It’s been shared several times in my twitter timeline over the past week by different people, and I’ve spotted many comments from people who related to that post and felt that parenthood had impacted their teaching in a similar way. But his post raised some issues for me…

I am a woman in my 40s and will never have children.

When I learned that  this would be the case, I had to confront the painful idea that my life would lack any meaning or significance. The schema I have been raised in as an Australian female had taught me that family is the most important thing and that the most important contribution I would…

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memorizing alif lam mim

•February 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

•December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Have I just fell into a scam? Darn it.

David Gaughran

ASandfriendsweboptAuthor Solutions has forged partnerships with a long list of famous names in publishing – from Simon & Schuster and Hay House to Barnes & Noble and Reader’s Digest.

Recent disclosures in various lawsuits, along with information sent to me by a Penguin Random House source, detail for the very first time exactly how these partnerships work and the damage they are causing.

Since a second suit was filed at the end of March, Author Solutions is now facing two class actions, with the new complaint alleging unjust enrichment and exploitation of seniors on top of the usual claims of fraud and deceptive practices. It also has a wonderfully precise summary of Author Solutions’ operations:

Author Solutions operates more like a telemarketing company whose customer base is the Authors themselves. In other words, unlike a traditional publisher, Author Solutions makes money from its Authors, not for them. It does so…

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5 Techniques to Improve Your Luck

•May 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I feel like I am indeed one lucky woman!


It isn’t enough to be good. You need luck.

We tend to think that smart people make good decisions and stupid people make bad decisions and that luck plays very little role. That is until we’re one of those smart people who has a bad outcome because of luck.

You can’t ignore luck and you really can’t plan for it. Yet much of life is the combination, to varying degrees, of skill and luck. This continuum is also what makes watching sports fun. The most talented team doesn’t always win, luck plays a role.

However elusive, luck is something that we can cultivate. While we can’t control it, we can improve it. In How to Get Lucky: 13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life’s good breaks, Max Gunther shows us how.

It turns out that lucky people characteristically organize their lives in such a way that they…

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New Spirit

•November 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have found the person.

The muse.

The igniter of my fire

He may dismiss me as normal friend in the end

I have to be prepared

Let the time reveal our fate

5 Things You Should Be Doing to Have an Insanely Productive Week

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment


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A productive week depends largely on what you focus on every working day and how much time you allocate to activities that take up your time (i.e. busy work). Working harder does not necessarily mean you are being productive. There will always be a better way to complete that task. Find it, work smarter and get more done in your working week.

These are a few things can do to have an insanely productive week this and every other week.

1. Stop planning, start doing.

It’s okay to make time to plan what needs to be done in the week or month but when you get back to the planning table often, you lose precious productive hours.

So instead of plan, just do it. The option to work on a task in the future instead of now seem comfortable but not prudent. While…

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Rhinoceros Hornbill.

•September 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I have become even more lonely. 

Yes. I said it. 


I long for that special someone for a very long time. 

I gave myself few chances. 

I tolerated few undesirable sentiments. 

Yet I failed. The sentiments were there to protect me. Ignoring them would harm me. 

I’m not at all high and mighty.

I simply look for that special thing in someone’s head and someone’s heart. 

Call me choosy.

I believe I have the right to protect myself.